Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Just got engaged? You'll want this fabulous planning guide

"The concepts shared in Your Bridal Style will help brides plan their wedding with ease and create a positive and powerful self-confidence as they journey thru the myriad steps on designing the wedding of their dreams"  Walt Shepard, Founder and Publisher, Inside Weddings 

      Your wedding day is possibly the most important day of your life, and your wedding dress may be the most important garment you will ever wear. Why not take control of the entire process of planning your ideal wedding - one that is fun, intimate and uniquely your own? 


     In Your Bridal Style, award-winning bridal designer Rani St. Pucchi shares her expert advice on everything a bride needs to create a truly unforgettable day, including:


     This engaging, beautifully illustrated book is a treasure trove of ideas and inspiration. With this book in hand, any bride-to-be can design and create the wedding of her dreams.


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Thursday, January 3, 2019

Conferring with the Universe

"There is much more to the universe than we understand.  In this book, Scott takes us on a journey of forgiveness, exploration, and discovery into ourselves and the world around us.  Open your mind to the possibilities."  =Jim Stovall, Bestselling Author The Ultimate Gift
In Conferring with the Universe, S. Scott Underwood takes a journey of connection with his past.  At the prompting of Gabe, and other unseen energies, Scott is taken on a journey to recall events of his life.  His "Guidance Energy" then uses these events to show him how his life was fashioned as a result of chance happenings.  He is also shown how he was never really alone and that his Guidance Energy was always only a whisper away. 

Using his connection with his Energy Guidance, Scott takes the opportunity to ask questions of his unseen mentors and query them about the whys of life.  "Why did this happen to me." "Why does tragedy take place."  "What am I doing here on the planet?" How and why are some people saved from severe experiences while others are not.  And most importantly Scott's guides suggest that it is wise to have fun no matter what.  Scott's Journey is everyone's journey. Scott's questions are everyone's questions.  Even though Scott asks common questions of his Energy Guidance the answers that are given are not so common.  

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Thursday, December 27, 2018

They're calling it "Brilliant and Engaging" - what more could you ask?

Read more.   Now in Audible
"Worship Hollow Gods is an incredible book! A gripping, vivid portrayal of the human spirit through the eyes of a boy making sense of the world. Through beautiful language, the characters stepped off the page; each person's unconscious pain woven in with masterful craftsmanship. Sniechowski's writing is brilliant and engaging, at times poetic and always moving, brightly illustrating the bittersweet reality of life. Stunning every step of the way."
-- Kevin E

     In Worship of Hollow Gods, James Sniechowski bears witness to the world of a sensitive nine-year-old boy subjected to the underbelly of his Polish Catholic family in working-class Detroit. 

     The year is 1950. The family gathers for a Friday-night family poker/pinochle party. The outcome reveals a world no one ever talked about then and are forbidden to talk about now - the unspoken, the impermissible, the reality beneath every family's practiced facade - and what lies beneath when the front has been ripped away.  

     Sniechowski unsparingly yet compassionately evokes the temptations, trials, and tactics of the family characters while revealing the hollow gods they naively but fatefully worshiped. Listeners, no matter where in the world, will be prompted if not pushed to confront the hollow gods that reside, like living ghosts, in the unseen of their family's way of life, the invisible that sources and shapes their beliefs and behaviors.  

     Worship of Hollow Gods dredges up familial bonds that grip and hold tight, unconsciously dictating our destiny. It is storytelling at its caring and compelling best.  

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Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Mindful methods create profound shifts

Mindful Methods + True Talents + Aligned Actions = Unexpected Growth

Embrace Your Feminine Energy
  • Are you struggling to find meaning and joy in your career? 
  • Do you wonder why we don't have more women leaders
  • Would you like to understand how to fully engage employees and develop high-performing teams? ​​​​​​​
    Lisa Liszcz, Ph.D. is a master coach and consultant who has coached executives and developed teams for over 30 years. Through personal stories, research, and cultural anecdotes, Lisa explains how individuals and leaders can support the emergence of feminine energy in organizations for individual success, employee engagement, and the development of high-performing teams. The results include stronger and happier individuals and more profitable companies.

    In her book, Feminine Emergence, Dr. Liszcz describes the need for balance between masculine and feminine energies within individuals, teams, and organizations. She outlines practical steps for bringing both strengths to life. Her insightful stories from her personal history, her interviews with forty-four women, and references to pop culture show the value of bringing more feminine energy into our world. 

    Feminine Emergence outlines what is missing from a life, a team, or an organization that is out of balance. This new and emerging view of life and work inspires the reader to engage divine gifts that are available to all of us. 

    The reader will learn how to: 
    - Find their own balance of masculine and feminine energy for increased career and life joy. 
    Engage employees more fully in their work. 
    Facilitate teams in a way that leverages more talents and skills of members.
    Enhance organizational performance through the development of balanced energy and corporate culture.

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    Tuesday, December 4, 2018

    Healing one layer at a time

    "Jackson is the most courageous man I have ever known. He has explored a childhood of horrific abuse and committed to offering hope and healing to others. —Sara Hays, LCSW, LMFT TX

               Despite the severe childhood abuse he endured, Jackson Hanks is considered an accomplished man, a successful attorney and a highly respected civic leader.
    In A Survivor's Surrender Jackson shares with you the lessons he learned from his highly traumatic childhood, in the hope that you may gain inspiration for your own healing journey.

           Jackson's message to you is that vulnerability isn't a weakness - it is a trait of courage and authenticity. His strongest desire is that as you read through the chapters of courage and determination,you discover how it is possible to mine important lessons from past experiences.

           Let Jackson's remarkable life journey, his pearls of wisdom and his joy for life provide you with hope and encouragement for your own healing journey, wherever that takes you.

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    Wednesday, November 28, 2018

    Ampersands: Pretty Is as Pretty Does

    By Carolyn Howard-Johnson
    Author of the multi award-winning HowToDoItFrugally Series of books for writers
    Have you noticed how ampersands turn to gibberish when they are entered into some blog services like Google's blogpsot.com? That is only the beginning of problems ampersands cause for editors, and publishers of all kinds. Many of the difficulties they cause go unnoticed except by the publishing pros we would all like to impress like agents, librarians, bookstore event directors, and the acquisition editors at Knopf! 
    That's why I added a new section to the second edition of the winningest book in my #HowToDoItFrugally Series of books for writers, The Frugal Editor. Because ampersands seem to be so popular these days, it's especially important for editors and authors who publish books to know a little about their history, how to use them, and how gatekeepers and readers of Lynn Truss's famous zero-tolerance approach to grammar might view them. So, I thought I'd share this excerpt from The Frugal Editorwith you today, even though it's only one tiny part of presenting ourselves and our books in the most professional light possible. 
    The ampersand is a real pretty little dude, but it isn't a letter nor even a word. It's a logogram that represents a word. Its history goes back to classical antiquity, but interesting history and being cute are no reason to overuse it in the interest of trying to separate one's writing from the pack. Better writers should concentrate on the techniques that make a difference rather than gimmicks that distract. Here are some legitimate uses for the ampersand.
    • The Writers Guild of America uses the ampersand to indicate a close collaboration with a writing (or other) partner--closer than a situation in which one writer is brought in to rewrite or fix the work of another. For those in the know, it is a convenient way to subtly indicate that one writer has not been brought in to rewrite of fix the work of another.
    • Newspapers, journals and others choose to use it when they are citing sources. That's their style choice, not a grammar rule.
    • In similar citings, academia asks that the word and be spelled out.
    • Occasionally the term etc. is abbreviated to &c, though I can see no reason for confusing a reader with this. Etc. is already an abbreviation of et cetera and the ampersand version saves but one letter and isn't commonly recognized.
    • Ampersands are sometimes used instead of andto distinguish the andwhen it is part of a name rather than the typical conjunction used when naming a series of items. Here, too, it feels like a stretch and more confusing than helpful. Wikipedia gives this example: "Rock, pop, rhythm & blues and hip hop." This also seems like an unnecessary affectation if we would but use the traditional serial comma like this: "Rock, pop, rhythm and blues, and hip hop."
    For a style guide from the point of view of academia go to https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/560/03/
    Many of my clients tell me they use the ampersand to make their writing stand apart from others or "because it's pretty." As an editor, I discourage them from this choice. Used this way it is distracting for many. The first thing we want in our writing no matter the genre is clarity, the last is reader distraction. 
    Readers of my multi award-winning The Frugal Editor will find a free offer in the backmatter of that book—a gift from graphic and cover artist Chaz DeSimone (http://DesimoneDesign.com). His free poster series illustrates the creative use of the ampersand, one based on the authenticity of its simply being visually attractive. Maybe that's an ideal way to feed our longing for "pretty" and help us avoid the other traps ampersands can lead us into. 
    Carolyn Howard-Johnson brings her experience as a publicist, journalist, marketer, and retailer to the advice she gives in her HowToDoItFrugally series of books for writers and the many classes she taught for nearly a decade as instructor for UCLA Extension's world-renown Writers' Program. Both the first and second editions of The Frugal Book Promoter and The Frugal Editor are multi award-winners. The latter is her winningest book which includes awards from USA Book News, Readers' Views Literary Award, the marketing award from Next Generation Indie Books and others including the coveted Irwin award. Her third book in the HowToDoItFrugally Series is How to Get Great Book Reviews Frugally and Ethically. It was released to acclaim from The Midwest Book Review and others.
    Howard-Johnson is the recipient of the California Legislature's Woman of the Year in Arts and Entertainment Award, and her community's Character and Ethics award for her work promoting tolerance with her writing. She was also named to Pasadena Weekly's list of "Fourteen San Gabriel Valley women who make life happen" and was given her community's Diamond Award for Achievement in the Arts. 
    The author loves to travel. She has visited eighty-nine countries and has studied writing at Cambridge University in the United Kingdom; Herzen University in St. Petersburg, Russia; and Charles University, Prague. She admits to carrying a pen and journal wherever she goes. Her Web site is www.howtodoitfrugally.com.

    Carolyn Howard-Johnson
    Multi award-winning poet, fiction writer, and author of the HowToDoItFrugally Series of books for writers
    Website: https://howtodoitfrugally.com
    Twitter: @frugalbookpromo
    Facebook: http://facebook.com/carolynhowardjohnson
    Blog: http://SharingwithWriters.blogspot.com
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    Finally a definitive guide to gorgeous home design

    In ​Designed Right, ​renowned designer Kelly Heaps​ ​not only shares the industry secrets behind her award-winning designs...she gives you the tools to do it yourself!  

    Kelly's guide takes the fear and uncertainty out of the design process, giving you a simple understanding of the basic formulas that every professional uses. 

    If you've ever wanted to design a home that reflects your personality, feels joyful to be in, and looks professionally crafted, Designed Right will help you make it a reality.

    Inside, you'll find:    

    ● Easy, start-to-finish formulas anyone can follow    
    ● Steps to choosing the right palettes for your home and personality   
    ● The logic behind design decisions, and the confidence to make your own!   

    You don't have to hire a professional designer to bring your dream home to life. You don't have to second guess your every decision. You can gain the confidence and know how to make your space your own.

    By the end of Designed Right, you'll see your home - and yourself - in a whole new light.

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